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Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network Group



The Network Group is a vibrant forum to exchange views and help provide an authoritative voice for BAME staff within the University and its associated group of companies.

We have been instrumental in helping the Institution to shape the direction of Equality and Diversity policy within the University for a number of years.

We believe that any network group depends on social as well as professional interaction, so you will be pleased to know that we also organise (fairly) regular social events.

Aims of the group

  • To promote race equality through active involvement and consultation on the University's strategy, policies and guidance on race equality.
  • To monitor and assess the effective implementation of actions created in relation to the Race Equality Charter Mark.
  • To campaign and lobby on race equality by preparing submissions to public consultations, public forums and University governing bodies.
  • To work closely with other units or centres including the Equality and Diversity Unit and organisations which campaign for race equality in the University, such as the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Centre, the University Students' Union and the Campus Trade Unions.
  • To provide the opportunity to share experiences about working at the University.
  • To provide support, guidance and signposting where appropriate.


The next meeting will be 16 January 10am - 11am in Williamson 4.04.  Please e-mail to add yourself to the meeting or to suggest agenda items.

In an attempt to accommodate the differing working hours of our members, the time of future meetings will vary. Changes will be communicated via this page and email. If you are not currently on our mailing list and would like to be, please email:


November 2017: Arthur Lewis Lecture.  This year's Arthur Lewis Lecture was given by the journalist and author Gary Younge.  More details here.


Our Heritage, Our Future: Celebrating Black History Month

This event saw staff and students from the across the Faculty of Science and Engineering and a whole host of guest speakers mark 30 years of Black History Month in the UK. They reflected on progress made towards equality at Manchester and celebrating the significant contribution made by our Black staff and students to the University and wider society. There were a series of thought-provoking and inspiring talks from guest speakers including:

  • Dr Dawn Edge - Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at The University of Manchester
  • Georgina Lewis and Berrisford Edwards - Co-Chairs of the BAME Staff Network
  • Joanne Jacobs - Equity and Merit scholarship programme
  • Riddi Viswanathan - Diversity Officer on the Manchester Students' Union Exec
  • Jonah Ogbuneke - Chemical Engineering student and VoluntHero
  • Yusuf Tarajia - Mechanical Engineering student and spoken word poet


Title: “30 Years of Black History Month:  Where are we now?”

Main Speaker: Dr Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University) -

When: 12:30-4pm on October 4, 2017

November 2017: Arthur Lewis Lecture.  This year's Arthur Lewis Lecture will be given by the journalist and author Gary Younge.  More details here.

July 2017: We held our annual social BBQ - lots of photos in our Sharepoint site

June 2017: Check out our New video here:


May 2017: EXTERNAL EVENT: Tayo Aluko 'Just an Ordinary Lawyer' Tues 30 and Wed 31.  Tickets and more info here.

December 2016: an informal gathering over mince pies and other refreshments enabled the group to meet and reflect on 2016 whilst planning for 2017

October 2016: A panel discussion talking about the network group and Race Equality Charter Mark took place

Summer 2016: Our annual BBQ took place at the International Society Café on 25 July.  There was plenty of food, chat and networking.  See the pictures on our Sharepoint site!

February 2016: ‘UCU Day of Action on Race Equality’ conference.  Full programme: here

Register here:

December 2015: informal get together Monday 14 December with hot drinks and mince pies served as well as music to help the event along.

November 2015: We have a new identifier which can be used on signatures (for example) and will be used on all future network communications. 

October 2015: Black History Month: a hugely successful and over-subscribed event took place with special guests.  These included the new Chancellor Lemn Sissay. 

BHM event October 2015

More information, including local and national events timetable can be found at:

September 2015: NAME CHANGE - members were consulted on changing the name of the network.

June 2015: Lemn Sissay has recently been elected Chancellor of The University of Manchester. We look forward to welcoming and working with him. (See: this article)

June 2015: A new email address has been created to facilitate contacting the BME chairs. This is:

June 2015: Election Update: Elections were held in June; Georgina Lewis and Berrisford Edwards were elected as co-chairs. They were introduced to the group at a presentation and introduction meeting held on June 9

Further information

FORUM E-MAILS: The BAME Staff Network Group has a Sharepoint page which can be accessed and used by all network members to communicate any information related to the BAME community at large. Please visit here:

For further information on what we have done, what we do now, where we are going in the future and where we meet for our regular meetings, please contact:

Network Group member Dawn Edge ‘ReACH’ (Researching African Caribbean Health) maintains a website which may be of interest to other members:

The Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) is a highly respected research body based here at Manchester.

Manchester BME Network is also a useful resource:

University Staff have access to hundreds of disability related documentaries and films via Kanopy Streaming.